With more time on our hands at home, it presents an opportunity to master the art of the self-facial.
While a diligent daily skincare routine is always recommended, for professional-level results from a facial it takes more than a cleanser-exfoliate-moisturise rotation.
To learn how, we asked the best in the business: skincare expert and facialist to the famous, Sarah Chapman.
In our latest episode of #SkinSchool (above), watch the woman responsible for the glowing skin of Victoria Beckham and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, demonstrate her facial DIY.
Step 1/ Double-cleanse
Chapman advises double-cleansing to throughly remove make-up and dirt, while using it as an opportunity to begin facial massage for increased blood flow and toxin drainage. During a facial, your cleansing step should last up to five minutes.
Step 2/ Toner
Using an exfoliating acid will help to remove any dead skin cells and reveal a brighter complexion.
Step 3/ Facial steaming
Steaming is something Chapman incorporates into many of her professional facial treatments at her clinic, and you can too at-home with a gadget like the Pro Hydro Mist Steamer. Here, she first applies a lactic acid ampule from her Radiance Recharge System (this gently resurfaces and smooths, preparing the skin for the following treatments), while the steam opens up the pores and softens the skin. Do this for up to 10 minutes.
Step 4/ Moisturising mask
A hydrating sheet mask not only quenches the skin but provides a window for deep relaxation. Chapman recommends using the outer layer as a neck or chest mask, and harnessing the remaining serum from the packet for use on the hands and body. Wear for up to 10 minutes.
Step 5/ Facial massage
Using an oil to provide slip, try Chapman’s facial massage techniques incorporating drainage movements; pinching, tapping and rolling the skin; lifting; and pressure points application. Take as long as you want, aiming to achieve a flush to the skin to really boost circulation. You can also use a massage tool to aid results.
Step 6/ SPF
Every skincare routine – during the day – should end with application of SPF to keep the skin protected. Champan, like many skincare experts, recommends the Heliocare 360 Colour Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 which also covers imperfections.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK